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President Donald Trump smiles during a signing ceremony for a $716 billion defense policy bill named for Sen. John McCain Monday Aug. 13 2018 in Fort Drum N.Y. CAROLYN KASTER  AP

In signing a defense policy bill into law on Monday, President Donald Trump touted its price tag ($716 billion), its new military hardware (35 M-1 tanks, 77 joint strike fighters and 13 combat ships) and new raises for the troops (2.6 percent).

"The National Defense Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our military and our war fighters in modern history", Trump said.

Mr Trump signed the law at the US Army's Fort Drum base in upstate NY on Monday on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey.

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), quickly approved by Congress, prohibits F-35 sales to Turkey until the Pentagon issues a report on Turkish-American relations in 90 days. McCain, Doesn't Mention Him. John McCain, who viewed the yearly military spending bill as one of his top priorities. At campaign rallies, Trump regularly castigates McCain - without using his name - for casting a dramatic thumbs-down vote that doomed Trump's effort past year to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by President Barack Obama. "We must have American dominance in space", he said, as he warned of the threat from China and elsewhere, specifically mentioning a "new" Chinese military division that oversees space operations.

To curb the impacts, the United States government will providing funding to allow businesses to pay for the technology they must replace. The president has frequently insulted McCain, a Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war, even as the senator battles an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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An Associated Press investigation this spring documented broad failures of justice when military kids report incidents.

"I'm so proud of myself", Trump said.

"The average signing statement for Trump looks like what you saw with the average Obama and the average Bush", said Joel Sievert of Texas Tech University, who has studied presidential signing statements.

Tickets to the fundraiser at the Hotel Utica cost up to $15,000 for donors who want to join Trump in a roundtable discussion and have their photo taken with the president. Under the new spending plan, the Pentagon is authorized to purchase 77 F-35 fighter jets at a cost of almost $7.6 billion, among other aircraft and equipment.

Fort Drum is the largest single-site employer in NY state, and its 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed unit in the Army since 2001.

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